First week of school begins with early dismissals

Some parents aren't surprised by how the first week panned out.

Andrew Kramer
August 27, 2018 - 9:08 pm
The School District of Philadelphia

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The school year kicked off in Philadelphia Monday, one week earlier than usual. 

And already, we have early dismissals to tell you about. 

All School District of Philadelphia schools will dismiss students at 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday due to excessive heat. 

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It was just last week that Superintendent William Hite said the reason for starting the school year earlier was to "begin with an uninterrupted week of school so that students are in school for a whole week."

But mother nature had other plans: a heat wave causing back-to-back early dismissals right out of the gate for students.

"I think it's good they started school early, to get them right back into education," said parent Sidney Woods.

But Woods and other parents already have to adjust their schedules this week, something he said he knew would be a possibility with August classes.

"It ain't no surprise at all," he admitted.

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Parent Nailah Satchell said she was never a fan of schools starting a week early for this very reason.

"Why you going to do it in the summer, the heat? I don't think it was a great idea," she said.

But she's looking forward to getting some extra time with her little ones.

"Take them to the park, maybe the arcade. Get some AC, let them breath, let them have fun."

School staff will be working normal schedules through Wednesday. Administrative offices will also be operating on regular business hours.